Melfi's office. I'm a bit more confident that you'll remember who Melfi is this week, so I'll dispense with the explanation. The good doctor is explaining that Tony probably feels guilty for "cuckolding" Joey, but Tony doesn't know what cuckolding means. And besides, he points out, Valentina is Joey's goomar, not his wife. "And thus has no status whatsoever?" inquires Melfi. "Goomars have status," replies Tony. "I mean, it's not like the old days, when a man had a wife, and then sort of a second wife. Used to be that men would take out their wives on Fridays, and their goomars on Saturdays. Or maybe it was the other way around." Hee! Instead of pointing out that she's already been through all this with Ray Liotta, Melfi just shrugs and says, "Sounds like a complicated arrangement." She also tells Tony that their time is up, but Tony says he just has one more question. He explains about Joey's predilections, and Melfi describes the guy as "a textbook masochist." "Like many other things," she continues, "we believe it's rooted in childhood." Tony still can't understand how that works, because, as he puts it, "I received regular beatings when I was a kid, but I'm not going around looking for some woman to hook up jumper cables to my private parts." He should be, though. It's more fun than it sounds like. Melfi explains that Joey probably had a "controlling and punishing mother," who "loved him, but showed it only in connection with some sort of violent and abusive act." "Is everything about everybody really about their mother?" wonders Tony, which simultaneously allows him to give voice to everything both Freud and David Chase have ever thought, while also giving Lorraine Bracco the opportunity to redeem her entire season with the sly, affirmative shrug she gives in response. Incidentally, I also like her new hairdo. I just thought you should know. Refusing to let the subject die, Tony has to ask one last question: "A guy like that he could technically not have penisary contact with her valvo?" Bwah! "Penisary contact with her valvo." Now that's a keeper. And also an explanation for why the gangbangers were driving a Volvo last week.
Episode Report CardAaron: B+ | 504 USERS: B-
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